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Heartbreak Ridge [Blu-ray] (2010)

Clint Eastwood , Marsha Mason , Clint Eastwood  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett Mcgill
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: James Carabatsos
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Fritz Manes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway finds himself with a collection of medals and no war to fight. Training a new group of Marines that are more green than mean, Highway complicates matters by attempting to reconcile with his former wife, Aggie. Rekindling the spark in his failed marriage won't be easy with a crisis brewing in Grenada and his pathetic platoon far from ready.

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
When this film came out, aeons ago, a sneering newspaper reviewer called it an the utltimate "OC" movie, "OC" meaning "of course." He was referring to the fact that there isn't a single character or situation in "Heartbreak Ridge" that could be called remotely original -- it's basically a 1980s version of every 1940s, '50s, & '60s war movie you ever saw. His evidence:

1 - crusty yet somehow loveable sergeant
2 - crusty yet somehow loveable sidekick
3 - pencil-pushing jerk senior officer
4 - green platoon leader
5 - woman from past
6 - bumbling soldier who needs to grow up
7 - assorted Cental Casting platoon members
8 - generic training sequences
9 - generic trial by fire
10 - predictable ending

All this is completely true. I just don't care. The stupid reviewer was too busy being smug to understand that the reason this story has been told so many times is because it is a classic, and classics are timeless. Especially under the tender care of Clint "Shoot First, Ask Questions Never" Eastwood.

"Ridge" is the story of Tom Highway (as in "My Way Or The..."), a bullet-scarred, gravelly-voiced Marine sergeant who has fought in three wars, won a bucketfull of medals, and is now facing mandatory retirement. Ol' Gunny Highway ain't takin' it too well, either -- he drinks, fights with the cops, and gets yelled at by his superiors. Banished to a supply billet, all he yearns for is one last chance to lead combat troops, and before you can say "of course," he's packed off to his old unit -- you know, the same one he was kicked out of years before, for insubordination and conduct unbecoming (you know, the usual Eastwood Offences).
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Eastwood Keeper October 24, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, this film is about as formulaic as they come: a tough, no-nonsense, battle-tested sergeant turning a bunch of misfits into an effective fighting unit. On top of that, we are treated (again) to a romantic aspect of a story featuring a bitter, petulant ex-wife who still harbors emotional attachment to that no-good ex of hers.
Yet HEARTBREAK RIDGE delivers an entertaining story--along with some very amusing moments--thanks mainly to Clint Eastwood as the gravel-voiced Gunnery Sergeant Tom "Gunny" Highway. Sure, Eastwood brings brawn and plenty of knuckle sandwiches to this role, but also a fragile vulnerability that makes the character more three-dimensional. Eastwood carries this film, but that's no problem: those shoulders are plenty broad.
Marsha Mason as ex-wife Aggie gripes and complains at a healthy clip, while Mario Van Peebles as soldier "Stitch" Jones stands out from the rest of Gunny's dysfunctional Recon Platoon. HEARTBREAK RIDGE has action, drama, and plenty of laughs. Sounds like a winning Eastwood formula to me.
--D. Mikels
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Authentic? Some... July 2, 2006
Heartbreak Ridge was an army battle, fought in Korea by the 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, I think. (If I'm wrong, don't shoot.) Apparently, the army refused to sponsor the film and so the writers changed a few lines and the Corps took it up (and later tried to backpedal). The only time this is mentioned is when the Sergeant Major and Pvt Peebles are in the Old Marine Hangout bar (we're never given a name, it sure isn't the Staff NCO club on base) and the SgtMaj gives the Pvt a small history lesson, mentioning that they went in the Corps after Korea.

The film is formula, pure and simple, with all the caricatures of old time war movies. The conflict between Gunnery Sergeant Hightower and the football hero Major is yet another of the neverending personality conflicts without which no military outfit can function - according to Hollywood. (If it was really like that, of course, no unit could get itself together enough to make it to the point of embarkation much less fight!)

However, the uniforms and equipment are authentic and worn properly. Even the ribbons and badges are correct as to time and place and worn as prescribed by regulations. The "Gunny fund" scene where Hightower bails out one of his men who is married and in money trouble is real enough. In the old days before base social workers, sergeants did what they had to and units took care of their own as best they could. I remember that in the 80's, ten years after the All Volunteer Armed Forces and enormous pay increases, every single married man in my platoon qualified for food stamps and other welfare programs. We were required to inform them of this and even arrange time for them to go off base to apply! (Young servicepersons below the paygrade of E-5 shouldn't marry because of their lower incomes.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among Clint Eastwood's best! August 4, 2002
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In Heartbreak Ridge, Clint Eastwood brings the story of whipping a group of slacker marines into shape to life. Although Clint still packs plenty of great one-liners (which are hilarious), his character shows many other sides as well. The other characters are also very colorful, and display a great transition toward the end of the movie. A must-see for Clint fans as well as anybody else.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Entertaining with a War Story on the Side December 15, 2002
I don't take this movie as seriously as Saving Private Ryan, for example, but I don't think the movie takes itself so seriously, either. In fact, it is pretty darn funny in a subtle way. There is enough variety of characters as comic relief to overcome any factual inaccuracies in the film. It is the classic "New commander whips the boys into shape" story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie. It's my second time having it
This is a great movie. It's my second time having it, I lost the first one to some heavy handed slob.
Published 4 hours ago by Fla Gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
We really enjoyed this movie. Had heard a lot about it and were not disappointed. Glad we ordered it. Arrived on time and packed well. Classic Eastwood Movie. Loved it.
Published 3 days ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars I gave this movie to my husband for a birthday ...
I gave this movie to my husband for a birthday gift. He loves the movie. He forgets he owns the video & watches it also on TV!
Published 6 days ago by Cathy G. Staton
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood does it again.
Whether cop, military or cowboy Eastwood can take what would be another dime a dozen movie and made it into a superstar. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Duke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product & time received!
Published 7 days ago by Michael F. Gerity
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another fantastic example of Eastwood acting.
Published 14 days ago by Wilmer F. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is just plain fun! Vintage Eastwood tough guy packed with...
This movie is just plain fun! Vintage Eastwood tough guy packed with plenty of his great one liners. If your a fan of Eastwood and a fan of this genre, it's a must have!
Published 21 days ago by Aubrey A James
5.0 out of 5 stars I just liked the movie a lot
I can't give a review. I just liked the movie a lot. :)
Published 24 days ago by Theresa L. Brezden
5.0 out of 5 stars The Military Such as it is
I grew up in the military and this is how it is in the service. You have the dummies who educate their way to be an officer only to have a noncommitioned officer who has been... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Anna Herrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked it a lot. It's one of those rare movies you can watch over and over.
Published 28 days ago by Alex Warren
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